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Vaccine availability: Search 'covid vaccine near me' on Google in 9 languages

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New Delhi: The government has partnered with search engine giant Google to provide information to citizens on Covid-19 vaccine availability near their homes.

In a tweet on Wednesday (September 1), Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said that through Google one can search for Covid vaccination centre and also see available slots.

“The @MoHFW_INDIA has taken yet another significant initiative to enhance access to #COVID19 vaccine: Search 'covid vaccine near me' on Google Check availability of slots & more Use 'Book Appointment' feature to book a slot (sic),” he tweeted along with a link to the Google blog where all details were available.

“Across Google Search, Maps, and Google Assistant, now find more detailed information on vaccination availability, including vaccines and doses available, appointments and more,” Google said on its blog.

In addition to English, users can also search in eight Indian languages including Hindi, Bengali, Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada, Gujarati, and Marathi.

Hema Budaraju, Director, Google Search, said, “Starting this week, for over 13,000 locations across the country, people will be able to get more helpful information about vaccine availability and appointments -- powered by real-time data from the CoWIN APIs. This includes information such as:

Availability of appointment slots at each center

Vaccines and doses offered (Dose 1 or Dose 2)

Expectations for pricing (Paid or Free)

Link to the CoWIN website for booking.”

He continued, “The above information will automatically show up when users search for vaccine centers near them, or in any specific area – across Google Search, Maps and Google Assistant. In addition to English, users can also search in eight Indian languages including Hindi, Bengali, Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada, Gujarati, and Marathi. We will continue to partner closely with the CoWIN team to extend this functionality to all vaccination centers across India.”

“As people continue to seek information related to the pandemic to manage their lives around it, we remain committed to finding and sharing authoritative and timely information across our platforms,” he added.


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